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Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations

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Jennifer A. Fahey; Korey Wahwassuck; Allison Leof; John P. Smith
Date Published
May 2016
31 pages
This manual is a guide for tribal and community leaders who want to develop joint-jurisdiction courts or initiatives in their own communities, as it explains the process used in one Minnesota community and adopted by other jurisdictions.
The manual first identifies the benefits of intergovernmental collaboration and describes the creation of the first tribal/State joint jurisdiction court in the Nation. The description includes how it was envisioned, developed, and implemented. Statistics are provided to show its cost-effectiveness. The manual then provides suggested guidelines for developing a new joint-jurisdiction justice collaborative in a community based on identified needs, tribal and community culture, evidence-based treatment principles, goals, and defined outcomes. A third section of the manual describes two Project T.E.A.M. collaborations, i.e, a joint-jurisdiction juvenile court initiative involving the Shingle Springs Band of Miwork Indians, the Eldorado County Superior Court, and county officials in California; and a joint jurisdiction adult wellness court that involves the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the city of Kenai, Alaska. The document concludes with tips for the successful creation of joint-jurisdiction courts and a review of lessons learned during Project T,E,A,M. work. A listing of 12 additional resources